U of M climatologist Mark Seeley reported on his Facebook page this week that there were only two days of 90-degree highs in the Twin Cities this summer. In other parts of the state — Rochester, Morris, Albert Lea and Duluth, for example — there weren’t any. This, we’re told, has only happened eight other times since 1873.
Is that good news or bad?
A letter in today’s Star Tribune makes one wonder whether anyone remembers last winter.
So long, summer. We hardly knew ya. No tornado warnings. No hydration lectures. No prolonged periods of 90-degree days. No air-conditioning cutoffs. No threats of watering regulation enforcement.
Yes, unending rain. Yes, unending forecasts of unending rain. Yes, motorboat wave restrictions. Yes, flooded basements, streets, and clogged rain gutters. Yes, creeks overflowing. Yes, golf course closings. Summer 2014: Disappointing, discouraging, disagreeable.
EDDIE RYSHAVY, Plymouth
Yesterday on MPR’s All Things Considered, meteorologist Paul Huttner said yesterday’s high of 87 might be the highest temperature in Minnesota for the rest of the year.
That temperature, by the way is 112 degrees warmer than the depths of last winter’s polar vortex.